Acquittal Reversed, Karadzic Faces Genocide Charge

UN court reinstates charge
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 11, 2013 9:59 AM CDT
Acquittal Reversed, Karadzic Faces Genocide Charge
Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic enters the courtroom of the UN Yugoslav war crimes tribunal (ICTY) in The Hague, Netherlands, Thursday, July 11, 2013.    (Michael Kooren)

Appeals judges at the United Nations' Yugoslav war crimes tribunal have reinstated a genocide charge against Radovan Karadzic linked to a campaign of killing and mistreating non-Serbs at the start of the Bosnian war in 1992. Today's decision reversed the former Bosnian Serb leader's acquittal last year on one of the two genocide charges he faces. Presiding Judge Theodor Meron says appeals judges believe that prosecution evidence presented at Karadzic's trial "could indicate that Karadzic possessed genocidal intent." Today's ruling will likely further draw out his long-running trial on 10 other charges including another genocide count for allegedly masterminding the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. (Read more Bosnia stories.)

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